Tuesday’s Severe Weather

July 15th, 2014 at 7:16 pm by under Weather

Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler talked about the possibility of severe weather in his blog from this morning. As expected, strong to severe storms quickly developed this afternoon as the upper level trough moved closer to Virginia and North Carolina. There were many boundaries (wind shift lines) across the area, some due to earlier convection. Once we saw enough heating, these storms rapidly developed along these boundaries. The severe storm over Virginia Beach produced a waterspout. Check out this awesome video sent in from Nancy Gorell. Meteorologist Don Slater and I noticed an area of rotation offshore during WAVY News 10 at 4. That area of rotation most likely produced that waterspout.

There were many reports of downed trees and power lines in Virginia Beach. We have also received numerous photos showing tree damage due to lightning strikes.  This photo was taken by Jordan Crute in Kempsville. Notice the large gash down the tree. That is where lightning stuck the tree.

Lightning Strikes Tree

Lightning Strikes Tree

Here is a close up photo of tree damage due to a lightning strike sent in from Jenn in Thalia.

Lightning Strikes Tree in Thalia

Lightning Strikes Tree in Thalia

Check out this tree damage sent in from Patrick Nolan in Virginia Beach. It looks like this large branch snapped off the larger tree that is still standing. Unfortunately, it looks like the branch fell on part of the roof causing damage to the house.

Lightning Strikes Tree

Lightning Strikes Tree in Virginia Beach

We are not done with the rain just yet, but the severe threat is winding down across the region. I wouldn’t be surprised if the severe thunderstorm watch was cancelled early.  Our Future Trak model has been doing a really good job with the placement of the showers and storms that developed earlier, so I am putting a lot of stock into the solution it has overnight. Scattered showers are still possible tonight. Here is what our Future Trak model has at 9 PM. Best chance for rain will be across our western areas.

Future Trak 2

Most of the rain fizzles out after midnight, but then re-develops early Wednesday morning as the cold front moves through Hampton Roads.

Future Trak at 7 AM Wednesday

Future Trak at 7 AM Wednesday

The front will stall out across North Carolina, so I expect scattered showers to continue into the afternoon there. But we should see drier conditions by tomorrow afternoon across Southeast Virginia. Get ready for a much cooler day tomorrow too with highs in the lower 80s. This is a strong cold front for this time of year. Drier weather is expected Thursday and Friday with highs in the mid 80s. Average high this time of year is 88°.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

3 Responses to “Tuesday’s Severe Weather”

  1. [...] The rain isn’t over, but the severe threat is winding down across the region. Check out Meteorologist Tiffany Savona’s blog for more information about the Future Trak model of the storm — click here. [...]

  2. Gary K says:

    Between 3pm and 5pm 7/15 we had high gusts and small peas sized hail in newport news, and it lasted about 5 minutes. I have a large Maple tree on the property line, and one offshoot of that tree snapped off and landed harmlessly, most of it off of my property. The length of that portion thats on the ground is probably 40-60 feet, and the width near the base being 15+ inches across.

    I get more than my fair share of gusty winds up here.

    We’ll look the tree over once more to see whats up. In the fall it will get a decent dose of fertilizer to make it stronger.

    That tree survived alot; including the tornadic and flash flood about a year and a half ago. I looked that tree over pretty good, and there was no evidence of any ground disturbance, but parts of the treetop was snapped off on several spots. That storm about 18 months ago was the one that knocked down a huge tree at the corner of Jenness and Campbell road.

    1. Jeremy Wheeler says:

      Thanks for the report Gary. I’ve had a hard time finding reports from the Peninsula yesterday. Had one gust in Yorktown to 60mph. Had one person witness it from the Coleman. Had another part of a tree down in Hampton. That’s about it. So thanks for commenting. I’m also glad there was no property damage or injuries. You take care. Jeremy

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